Dance Therapy NZ

Dance Therapy NZ is a registered Charitable Trust. Our Mission Statement is to support and empower individuals & groups in Aotearoa/NZ through the use of Dance Movement Therapy and Arts Therapy, with a focus on those with disabilities, special needs, and at risk/low income communities.

To achieve our mission we are working hard to deliver programmes and projects which support vulnerable communities through therapeutic support and empowerment through the creative arts.

We are a team of Professionals who value Creativity, Connection, Nurturing, Growth, Integrity & Collaboration.


DTNZ offers a wide range of therapeutic programmes for children, young people, adults, and families. These include: Dance 4 Us (Dance Therapy for Adults with disabilities & special needs); Arts 4 Us (Arts Therapy for children from low income areas in Oranga and Otahuhu/Mt Wellington); STARS (Dance Movement Therapy for children and young people with Autism, and other special needs) in North Shore, Mt Albert, Pakuranga & Onehunga; Arts 4 Us Specialty (Art Therapy for children and young people with Autism, and other special needs).

We also offer supervisory, training, and professional consultation services to Professionals working in related areas, including Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Special Education services, Disability services and other Health Professionals.

Our Team consists of senior therapists who have been trained as Dance Movement Therapists Internationally, therapists who have completed or are completing Clinical Arts Therapy training in New Zealand specialising in Dance Movement Therapy, and Dance Education Specialists who specialise in the area of disability and dance.

We are available for Outreach Services in Schools, Early Childhood Centres, Disability Groups, Community Mental Health Centres, Older Adult Centres, and other Health, Disability, Mental Health, and Education Settings.

We endeavour to provide services to the community regardless of access to financial resources. We rely on a variety of funding sources, such as grants, donations and fundraising, as well as session fees. We assist clients and families to access funding sources directly to subsidise our services.